A loan of $1,800 helped a member to purchase fonio (a type of millet).


Badenya Group's story

The group Badenya is composed of married women who average 48 years of age and four children each, all living in traditional extended families in the village of Sirifila, in Commune de Massigui, Prefecture de Dioîla, in Région de Koulikoro (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). The women know one another through ties of kinship, community, and friendship. They do commerce in grains, condiments, and clothing. The women of the group Badenya are on their 20th solidarity loan. This client, MARIAM, who is the first person seated from the left in the photo, intends to purchase 5 sacks of fonio (a kind of millet) at the Massigui market from fair-goers. She will resell the goods locally in the village to a customer base composed of men and women. She envisions making an average monthly profit of 40,000 francs CFA that will be used to meet family needs. Part of the profits is reinvested in the commerce of grains.

In this group: Minata , Nematou , Rokia , Mariam , Massitan Bah , Nene
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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